Doncaster Knights: Coventry ace takes swipe at Knights

Knights full back Glenn Bryce breaks through the Coventry defence.
Knights full back Glenn Bryce breaks through the Coventry defence.
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Coventry head coach Scott Morgan said he ‘expected more’ from Doncaster Knights despite his side slipping to a 39-30 defeat at Castle Park.

Morgan – who played the first 25 minutes for his side before being forced off injured – took aim at the Knights following the defeat, insisting his side have played better teams already this season.

“They are a decent outfit but they are certainly not the best we have played this season considering they are full-time,” Morgan told the Coventry Telegraph.

“I was expecting a bit more.

“They have some good players, I know Matt Challinor from my time at Leeds and their hooker is a good player.

“If Clive (Griffiths) thinks he has won the league already I think he is going to get a bit of a shock – they have got a lot of tough away games to come.”

The last comment in particular is likely to raise the ire of Knights director of rugby Griffiths who has been keen to play down expectations at the promotion-chasing club.

Despite failing to pick up even a bonus point from the game, Morgan said Coventry felt they could score at will in the early stages of the game.

The Midlands side established a 20-5 lead over the Knights before slipping to defeat.

He said: “We managed to get a bit of possession in the first 20 minutes and even though it was only bits and pieces we cut them to pieces.

“If I am honest the first 20 minutes weren’t really a problem. Without being too disrespectful to them we virtually scored at will and we were doing things that we have not necessarily got away with against other defences.”